Habs' Zack Kassian cleared to play after substance abuse rehab
Montreal forward's 'care continues to be administered '
Montreal Canadiens forward Zack Kassian has been cleared to play again after spending more than two months in a substance abuse program.
The NHL and the NHL Players' Association announced Tuesday that Kassian "has been returned to available status and has entered the follow-up care phase of the substance abuse and behavioural health program."
"Kassian's care continues to be administered pursuant to the NHL/NHLPA SABH Program."
The Canadiens then placed Kassian on waivers.
Kassian, a native of Windsor, Ont., was placed in Stage 2 of the program after he was involved in an early-morning, single-car accident on Oct. 4. He was deemed to have violated stage one, which mainly involves counselling.
The 24-year-old right-winger was acquired by the Canadiens in an off-season trade with the Vancouver Canucks. He has yet to play a regular-season game for Montreal.
Kassian has 66 points (35 goals, 31 assists) in 198 career games. He had 16 points (10-6) in 42 games for the Canucks last season.